From Russia with Love
When the Froymoviches were courting, they walked daily through a European park, where fountains tossed celebratory mists into the air above them. Fifty years later, the duo still takes their special walks. But now they do it by the Atlantic…while benefiting from the added services of MJHS Adult Day Health Care.
Seaside jaunts are a main reason these two picked the Menorah campus of MJHS Adult Day Health Care located in Manhattan Beach, Brooklyn. Besides letting them relive the past, the walks are terrific therapy. Tai Chi and muscle coordination exercises are often held outside weather permitting.
But the Froymoviches are here for even more. “The staff is caring. And the programs!” exclaims Polya. She and husband Isak rattle off so many stimulating programs—from Russian poetry readings and Judaism talks to Name That Russian Tune contests, operas and pizza parties—they get flushed. It as if they are young again.
They left East Europe’s Moldava 30 years ago because most Jewish people were not allowed to enter university. Isak won 7 invention patents—yet couldn’t go to college. In America it changed. Their son and grandson have BAs. Both are computer whizzes.
And now, so is Izak. MJHS taught him to use computer programs and digital equipment. He now films, edits and scores day center activities.
The two resume listing favored MJHS programs: trips to the dolphinarium, Guggenheim, the King Tut exhibit; Club Memory. Both are “medically frail and need monitoring…but you would never know it,” says Adult Day Director Joyce Little.
Polya stands, flushed again. They are late for a famed Russian reporter’s political talk. “There’s just so much MJHS offers us,” the 76-year-old explains. She tugs at her 78-year-old husband’s sleeve and hurries off to class.